AGM and Conference 2016. Newton Rigg, Friday 4th March starting at 2.00pm

We very much hope that you will be able to attend our 2016 AGM and Conference to be held at the Conference Centre, Newton Rigg. 

As a result of the recent floods we know that there are going to be all sorts of new pressures on common land with many ideas circulating to help reduce flooding; be it tree planting, slowing down water run-off and “back-to-nature” flood schemes. We think it is important that fell farmers have say in what happens on the land they farm. Bearing this in mind, we have tried to design the conference so that you can hear what the authorities have to say, and have your say too. 

 The programme will be as follows:

2.00 – 2.30 pm: AGM including Chairman’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Notice of Committee Members, Approval of Increase in Subscription and Any Other Business.

Conference: The floods what really happened on fell farms and what can fell farmers do for flood mitigation and maintain viable farm businesses

2.30 – 2.45  pm: The findings from the Farmer Flood Questionnaire: Adam Day, Cumbria Farmer Network and Jenny Willis NFU

2.45 – 2.55 pm:  Filling in the Farming Recovery Fund application: Jenny Willis, NFU

2.55 – 3.25 pm: Presentations and Q & A.

Andy Brown, Environment Agency: the Cumbria Flood Partnership – what is it, what is it going to do and how can farmers get involved?

Chris Kaigin or Maggie Robinson, Natural England – what is Natural England’s role in the Cumbria Flood partnership and introducing new flood alleviation options for Countryside Stewardship schemes on commons

Simon Johnson, Eden Rivers Trust – practical examples of flood alleviation schemes and what can hill farmers do on their own farms

3.25 – 4.00 pm: Panel discussion and questions from the audience  

4.00 pm:  Tea and Depart.

We hope to see you on March 4th.